June 1, 2013
Four Vikings grab Academic All-District recognition
|Junior Josh Eisenberg was one of four Augustana athletes who won first team Capital One Academic All-District honors from the College Sports Information Directors of America.|
Augustana dominated the selections on the Capital One Men's Track & Field/Cross Country Academic All-District Team that was announced today. Four Vikings were among the 10 first team honorees in District Seven, which includes the states of Illinois, Indiana and Ohio. The Capital One Academic All-District team is selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
Seniors Greg Patton (Bloomington HS, Bloomington, Ill.) and Jonathan Smith (Moline HS, Moline, Ill.), junior Josh Eisenberg (Richmond-Burton HS, Spring Grove, Ill.) and sophomore David Voland (Batavia HS, Batavia, Ill.) will now advance to the national ballot in the quest to become Academic All-American.
Patton recently graduated from Augustana as one of the finest sprinters ever to take his place in the starting blocks. He was a six-time NCAA Division III All-American who wrapped up his career last weekend at the national meet by earning All-American honors in both the 400 and 1600 relay. The 1600 relay team, on which Voland was also a member, where he handled the leadoff position finished second in the nation. It was the second straight year where Patton ran lead-off on the 1600 unit that was national runner-up. He also earned an individual All-American certificate in the 2013 NCAA Division III Indoor Championship when he was eighth in the 400.
He was the winner of the 2013 Jack Swartz Award in the College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin for academic excellence and athletic achievement after the indoor season. Patton was an eight-time CCIW champion during his career and a 15-time NCAA national meet qualifier. He is part of school records in both the 400 and 1600 relays outdoors and the 1600 relay indoors. This year he won a total of 21 races (individual and relays) in invitationals and CCIW meets.
A team captain and four-time CCIW "Athlete of the Week", Patton is a finalist for an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship. He carries a 3.56 grade point average in accounting and political science.
Smith earned NCAA Division III All-American honors in cross country in the fall of 2012 during his senior season. He had four top-10 finishes in invitationals en route to his All-American performance at the national meet in Terre Haute, Indiana. He was selected as the Vikings' Most Valuable Performer in 2012 and won the Jack Swartz Award from the CCIW as well.
During his cross country career he placed in the top-10 at the CCIW meet all four years and he won all-conference recognition in track & field three times. As a senior he participated in the open 10,000 at the prestigious Drake Relays. He burst on the scene in the fall of 2009 by being named the CCIW "Freshman of the Year" in cross country and was also voted Augustana's "Most Valuable Freshman". Twice he was named the CCIW's "Runner of the Week" in cross country.
A finalist for an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship in the fall of 2012, Smith graduated last week with a 3.69 grade point average in biology.
Voland is only halfway through a career which shows signs of being one of the best in Augustana men's track & field history. He is a five-time NCAA Division III All-American, including two individual certificates in the 400 hurdles. He was third in the nation in the 400 hurdles in 2012 and took seventh this year.
Like Patton, he ran on two straight 1600 relay squads that finished second in the NCAA Division III national meets in 2012 and 2013. He is a five time CCIW champion, including back-to-back wins in the 400 hurdles during his first two years of competition. He owns the school record in the 400 hurdles outdoors and the open 300 indoors. Voland is also a member of school record in the 1600 relay both indoors and outdoors and the 800 relay both indoors and outdoors. He also placed second in the CCIW in the indoor 55 hurdles and the open 400 in 2013.
He is a math major with a 3.81 grade point average.
Eisenberg is a multi-event specialist who competes in the heptathlon indoors and the decathlon outdoors. He has placed in the CCIW meet a total of five times in those events during his career. This year he was fourth in the CCIW outdoor championships in the decathlon after taking third in the heptathlon indoors.
He holds the school record in the indoor heptathlon and placed second in the indoor heptathlon at the Olivet Nazarene Invitational as a junior. He was second in the Viking Olympics decathlon as a sophomore in 2012. Also, in 2012 he was second in the CCIW indoor heptathlon and third in the outdoor decathlon. He was voted the team's Most Improved Performer as a freshman in 2011 and will serve as team captain in 2014.
Eisenberg has a 3.97 grade point average with majors in biology and pre-medicine.
Augustana has been one of the nation's leaders in producing Academic All-Americans since the program began in 1952 under the sponsorship of CoSIDA. There have been 142 Vikings earn Academic All-American recognition and Augustana currently ranks sixth in the nation in all divisions and second among NCAA Division III institutions.